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Joint posts between Alison and Kelsey.

Healthy eating equals healthy skin?

“Hey Alison! We are here to make you feel self conscious about yourself and to make your face look completely uneven!!!”

I feel like that is exactly what my acne would say if it could talk.  I know I’m not the only college student who still somewhat struggles with blemishes.  I’ve never had extreme acne problems but I sure have had those days where I felt like my entire face was covered in bumps.  Well you guys, I have some not so secret things to tell you about how to make your skin look and  feel healthy.

1. Eat Healthy!

This shouldn’t be that big of a shocker to anyone reading this.  Eating healthy will significantly reduce blemishes on your face.  When you eat chips, ramen (so much sodium you fools), hot pockets, etc, those foods will have a huge effect on your skin. During my move-in process I did not eat healthy at all! I was traveling and had yet to grocery shop so all I did was eat out.  My skin suffered immensely from the food I was eating but a week after getting my diet back to a healthy point, my skin was looking so good.

2. Drink Water!

I cannot say this enough… put that soda down and drink some water!  Soda is made so that one sip won’t be enough for your taste buds so you can’t stop drinking it, but it does nothing for your skin.  Drinking water periodically during the day will hydrate your skin and keep those pesky pimples from showing up.

Hint : If you don’t enjoy water, try adding lemon, cucumber, or even one of those crystal lite packets.


The oil on your hands is so bad for your skin, so stop touching your face, resting your head on your hand… just don’t touch your face.

p.s. if you think about the amount of oil on your hair, imagine how much of that is on your pillow and then transfers to your face. Wash your pillowcases regularly!


It’s also important to remember to take any and all makeup off, to wash your face every night, and to avoid stress (which, come on, is probably impossible in college). I’ve always struggled with my acne and it wasn’t until I really started implementing my diet that it got better.  Don’t let eating out affect your face or your confidence.

Or just smear your food on your face


[Kelsey’s Optional Point: Eat Vegan!

Just kidding. Making a major diet change is a huge step, and just because you have an acne issue does not necessarily warrant you cut out any and all animal products from your daily eating routine! However, what I’ve found by following a few health/beauty blogs is that many people are saying that dairy can mess with your hormones and subsequently produce more acne (or something along those lines, I’m not a physician). I personally battle rosacea, and my vegan diet kept my face clearer than I’ve ever seen it in my life – and those few pimples that I do occasionally get were nowhere to be found. So going vegan simply to clear your face was really just a joke, but maybe reducing dairy is something to try out if you’re at your wits end as to why your acne is so bad. (Oh, and P.S., my brother gave up milk for two weeks and his acne began to clear up significantly as well!)]


A Satisfying Meal

Hey you guys! It’s Alison. I wanted to give a little break from our mass posting about school prep.  We will have more of those coming soon though so get ready!

Last night Kelsey and I were invited over to our friend’s house for dinner. What this actually meant what that Kelsey and I would be buying and cooking dinner. We knew that we would all be starving by the time dinner was ready. We wanted to cook something that would leave us satisfied but not feeling disgusting.

Together we headed over to the grocery store and bought ingredients for stuffed jalapeños and honey-coconut shrimp.

I’m a big believer in treating yourself in the right ways.  We wanted food that would be savory, sweet, and all together delicious.  While heading to the nearest fast food place or going out to a restaurant might be easier, in the end you will be left not feeling your best.  It’s okay to have that little bit of sugar that will be on the shrimp or the fat-free cream cheese/cheddar cheese in your jalapeño.  The answer is portion control!

Stuffed Jalapeños 

  • 1 package of fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of  reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 8 jalapeños (you may need more depending on how many people are being fed)

Cut the jalapeños in half and scrape the vein/seeds out.  In a bowl combine the package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, and your choice of seasoning (we used garlic powder). Mix well and fill eat jalapeño half with the mixture!

  • bake in the oven at 350 for 18 minutes

Baked Honey-coconut Shrimp  

The one thing I LOVE about this recipe is that no oil is needed!

  • 1 pound of shrimp (frozen is okay but fresh is preferred) – it’s okay to have leftovers!
  • honey
  • coconut flakes

Remove the tails, shell, legs, etc. of the shrimp and wash in a strainer. Dip each shrimp into a bowl of honey and let the excess honey run off when you pick it up.  Coat the shrimp in coconut and place on a cookie sheet.

  • Bake in the oven at 350 for 18 minutes – if you want the coconut to be extra crispy, turn the oven to broil and leave the shrimp in for another minute or two.

This dinner was so easy to make and was so delicious! I know Kelsey and I were both left feeling full but in the most satisfying way. Taking the time to cook your meals is going to be worth it to your body and your taste buds.

Enjoy and let us know if you make either of these dishes!!

Preparing for your Dorm/Apartment

Prepping for a dorm and prepping for an apartment can be two very different experiences.  Dorm life doesn’t offer the space to bring your entire life with you and while an apartment might, you still want to be selective with what you do decide to bring.

Prepping for Dorm:

Be ready for cramped quarters and uncomfortable limitations on what you can bring. Okay, for real, you’re either stoked because you’re headed to an Ivy League school with fantastic living spaces, or you’re bummed because you caught a glimpse of the dorm and it is not your dream (…not even close). Long story short, the PB Dorm website is not a good indicator of what you will likely be encountering. But fear not! Here are some pointers for where to start and what to bring.

First of all, scout your school’s website for a list of what sorts of appliances are and are not allowed. For example, my school has a .PDF manual that details what is and is not allowed on campus. For me, things that are allowed include coffee pots, hot pots, and blenders. What’s NOT allowed are things like Crock Pots, hanging lights, and firearms (in case you hadn’t already guessed that). The list of “banned” items is, in reality, so much longer. Be sure to read over yours very carefully.

I might purchase a small Magic Bullet-esque blender for my room so I can make green smoothies as breakfast alternatives. I already own a Keurig, which I definitely recommend! I brew myself coffee to avoid stopping at Starbucks ($$ back in my wallet), and my roommate likes to make hot chocolate since she isn’t much of a caffeine drinker.

It’s also important to remember that you will likely have little to no surface area for leaving these devices out and about. You’ll have to store them somewhere! Keep in mind that you have to clean them after use, too, so if you don’t have a sink in-room, that could become a pain. It’s important to remain realistic! Prepare for the worst, and remember, it’s not the end of the world if you forget your hot pot. There’s food out there somewhere, you may just have to step out of your room.

Finally, most dorms will have some sort of microfridge built in, but check before you go because there’s a possibility you may have to bring your own! It’s smart to negotiate with your roommate (should you have one) before move-in day who will be bringing what; you could potentially say that you will bring the t.v. if they bring a fridge, etc.

Prepping for an Apartment:

If you are going to live in an apartment then congratulations and welcome to feeling like an adult. Living in an apartment will be a completely different story than living in a dorm. Most universities have apartments that are close to campus and affordable. You can still get a dorm feel by having 1-3 roommates but the amenities will be significantly greater.  With amenities, however, comes the task of buying supplies for such.  While most apartments won’t allow candles or certain decorative lights, you will still have the option to bring much more than you would if you were living on campus. You will additionally have to consider buying supplies for cooking, cleaning, and other more extensive tasks than an on-campus residence would require.  Just today I started making a list of all the supplies I will need for my apartment (will share in a future post) and I feel like I’m taking my entire home with me.

You can decide for yourself what you want to bring and what you find is not a necessity.  I love to drink fresh juice in the morning so bringing a juicer is a great investment for my time at school.  If you end up having a roommate, it’s best to discuss with them what all you have before moving in. The two of you will most likely have come up with some similar ideas and you won’t need doubles of certain items (can opener, strainer, coffee pot, etc).


There will always be pros and cons to both living quarters listed above.  While an apartment allows you to cook however you want, have your own washer/dryer, and have your own bathroom, it is not on campus like a dorm is. A major pro of living in a dorm room is being so close to campus.

Overall an apartment may mean more space than a dorm, but it can also mean more responsibility. Living away from home may be in itself challenging at times, but there will always be resources for you at your college or university to help you live a healthy lifestyle (nutritionist, gym, healthy cafe options, etc).  It’s all about your own personal choice to stay clear of unhealthy decisions and to take the necessary steps to make your years at college both a healthy and positive time.